Tennessee Drifter

Random Thoughts at Random Times


  • No Thank You.

    Commercial DNA testing companies are busy marketing their services as a way to learn about your genetic background and the geographic history of your family tree.  I have been researching my own family history, but I’m going to have to pass on their offer. The analysis of my DNA would be very interesting.  The information… Continue reading

  • My Path

    I have never been very secure in my own writing.  I always question if it is worthy of being read or even for the space the words occupy. Part of this insecurity may come from my own introverted nature, my desire to hold back and watch rather than to boldly assert myself as so many… Continue reading

  • Ripples in time…

    In 1976, I graduated from high school in Clinton, Iowa. I guess where is not really important to the issue, but thought I would mention it. Shortly after high school, I joined the Iowa Army National Guard–I was seventeen. The draft and the Vietnam War had both ended and America was a nation at peace.… Continue reading

  • The Wolves at the Door

    During our Christmas vacation, my son-in-law and I were engaged in a conversation where I was analyzing a condition in his new neighborhood.  His reply to me was, “You think too much”.  I wonder, can a person “think too much”, or put another way, can a person try to understand too much? I remembered that… Continue reading

  • When it all begins

    Almost six years ago, my daughter was pregnant with my first grandson.  Notice she was not pregnant with her son…he is my grandson…when she writes the story she can write it the way she wants. I love you baby girl. Anyway…many people asked me if I was excited that I was going to be a… Continue reading

  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    Today we are remembering the horrific events of 9/11/01. Four aircraft, three locations, and nearly three thousand innocent souls lost.  It was one of those days in American history that those of us who were alive will never forget–and yet, somehow seventeen years later our collective social conscience has seemed to have forgotten. Not the… Continue reading

  • Tidbits…

    Today, too many Christians believe their lives should define the meaning of God’s word, rather than God’s word defining their lives. While too many non-Christians are trying to find loopholes in God’s word to convince Christians to accept their sin. … There was a time when a man’s word was his bond and a handshake… Continue reading

  • Mushrooms

    I’m sure my daughter would tell you that I often try to make a life lesson out of everything…or at least that is how I interpreted the eye roll. When she was a teenager and was beginning her dating experience, one piece of advice I gave her was to look for the guy who would… Continue reading

  • Some of My Core Beliefs…

    NOTE: I wrote this in August 2012, when I first sought elected office. I first took an oath to support and defend the US Constitution when I was seventeen. It was 1976, and I was only a couple of months out of high school when I joined the Iowa National Guard. I celebrated my eighteenth… Continue reading

  • Not a real call…but this is how it feels

    Police Dispatcher: Police Department, may I help you? Caller: Yes, I just came home from work and found that someone had burglarized my house. Dispatcher: Did they take anything? Caller: Well, I’ve checked everything and I found that my emergency money is missing $485, it looks like they had a good lunch out of my… Continue reading

About Me

An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.